Tragic death of Chris Byrne inspires charity drive in aid of the National Neurosurgical Centre

He was the son of former League of Ireland footballer Jody Byrne and passed away as a result of a brain tumour

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In March of this year, the eldest son of former League of Ireland footballer Jody Byrne passed away at the age of just 31.

The tragic loss of Chris Byrne was as a result of a brain tumour, which was diagnosed just four weeks after the birth of his first child. He is survived by his wife Caroline and baby son Harry.

He received treatment at the National Neurosurgical Centre at Beaumount Hospital and his family and friends are raising funds for the facility.

This month, 12 members of An Garda Síochana from Store Street, will row from Dublin Port to Holyhead in a fundraising challenge called The Chris Crossing to raise funds for the National Neurosurgical Centre. The 12 Gardai are all novice rowers who have committed to a strenuous training regime in preparation for a crossing that will take approximately 12-15 hours in the hope to raise €50,000. 

"None of us has any real experience of rowing, let alone sea rowing, so we aren’t undertaking this lightly. However, the real challenge will be to reach our €50,000 target. We are asking people to support us and the National Neurosurgical Centre by making a €4 donation," said Sargeant Ken Hoare.

The public is being urged to help raise funds by donating €4 through texting EURO16 to 50300 (a minimum of €3.25 will go to Beaumont Hospital Foundation) and they will be entered into a competition to win a trip of a lifetime to EURO 16. This includes crossing to Cherbourg for four with a family sized car, four tickets to Ireland V Italy in Lille on June 22nd, and an Irish jersey signed by the squad.

Donations to The Chris Crossing can also be made at, by phone to 01 – 809 2161.